Владимир Баранич

July 2, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Belarus ecological dander zone”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • Belarus in Environment Performance Index 2020 ranks 49th. The attitude of Belarusians to nature. Why do some many people pollute as if there is no tomorrow?
  • The government and environment: dirty water in Minsk, polluting pulp plant in Svetlogorsk and a dangerous battery project in Brest. The three cases that demonstrate the way Belarusian authorities handle environment and manufacturing.
  • Rule of law, transparency and accountability, independence of the judiciary as prerequisites of good environmental performance.
  • Why Belarusians are neglectful about the environment.

 

Владимир Баранич

May 27, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Fighting coronavirus and the deepening multilevel crisis in the time of the presidential election campaign”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • Personal experience: how Vlad Baranich got COVID-19 and what he did about it;
  • Professional doctors and medical stuff and the atmosphere of deep disbelief in official statistics on coronavirus.
  • Change of attitude to COVID-19: before and after the disease.
  • Belarusian in the state of constant pressure, tension and oppression. Losing hope, losing patience and getting much angrier.
  • 77% of heads of district executive committees (local bodies of power) are occupied by graduates of agrarian universities. Not a single district is headed by a graduate of Belarusian State University.

 

Владимир Баранич

April 16, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Belarusians and “rainy day”. How they cope with a crisis. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • Belarusians and “rainy day”. How they cope with the crisis. Is it different from the previous mode of behavior?
  • Facing a crisis a Belarusian will more likely to double the volume of potato planted rather than take civic actions and demand the change of the government.
  • Belarusian official statistics uses its own methodology on many issues including unemployment. Why the official unemployment number of 0.3% is a gross fake.
  • Why do Belarusians ignore psychological aid from professionals preferring alcohol and escapism?
  • The crisis generates more anger, envy and desire for sponging rather than solidarity, civic activism and responsible cooperation.

 

Владимир Баранич

April 2, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Belarus and coronavirus. How Belarusians are dealing with this critical heath issue”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • coronavirus in Belarus: attitude of the people, business and the authorities;
  • Why Belarusians compare the current epidemic with Chernobyl in 1986?
  • the authorities are not used to being honest and open with the people. Hence they are adding to the panic.
  • Social and economic consequences of the coronavirus outburst;
  • Schools, kindergartens, plants and sport grounds are still in normal working mode.
  • What conclusions will Belarusians make after the coronavirus epidemic is over?

 

 

Владимир Баранич

March 11, 27, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Belarusians and their moneys. BYN-roubel, $-dollar, euro and other kinds of money and their substitutes”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • $-dollar as a savior of household savings and means to defend from hostile government.
  • Hard currencies and Belarusian rouble in the 1990-ies. Pain of financial illiteracy. Why over 70% of Belarusians still save in $-dollars.
  • Inflation and devaluation as means of confiscation.
  • Is a national currency an indispensable part of the national sovereignty?
  • Hard currency in Belarus today. Where and how can you use it?
  • The notion “conditional unit” or “notional unit” as a way to say “US dollar”.
  • Why Belarusians are so reluctant about investing in stocks and bonds?

 

Владимир Баранич

February 27, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Holidays in Belarus” We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • Soviet style holidays: February 23, March 8, May 1 and November 7. They are still in the calendar but today they are celebrated differently than in the Soviet Union.
  • Sanctity of the holiday Victory Day - May 9.
  • Religious holidays and New Year.
  • July 6 - Ivan Kupala holiday or searching for fern flower.

 

Владимир Баранич

February 12, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Why do Belarusians cling to the past? Lukashenko as a president of Soviet Belarusians”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • Belarus is a big collective farm and A. Lukashenko is the boss of all red directors.
  • Brainwashed by education system, propaganda machine and pop culture.
  • Typically Belarusian principles, “Maybe this is the way life should be” and “My house is in the outskirts. I know nothing”. How Belarusians cope with new information and its abundance;
  • Traditional relations between State and Man: Lukashenko as a shepherd and people as sheep.
  • Longing for Big Government to ensure everything from free education, healthcare and job security for life.
  • Suspicion and even rejection of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs: the notion of infested fleas
  • Poker face as defense from the outside world.
  • Marching from the Soviet style marsh. Belarusians realize that it is their swamp. Maybe they will start wishing to live in a decent place – not on a swamp.

 

Владимир Баранич

January 29, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Pensioners and people with disabilities in Belarus”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • there are over 600,000 registered people with disabilities in Belarus (about 7% of the population).
  • people with disabilities in Belarus as invisible people for the government and the society. Why is it so?
  • How a status “a person with disability” is granted.
  • There are about 3.3 mln. people in Belarus over 60 years old. 2.7 mln. pensioners. Is Belarus a good place for pensioners and people who need assistance?
  • If you young, healthy, wealthy and wise in Belarus it is a good place to live.
  • the government argues that people with disabilities have created good conditions for doing sports.
  • Employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

Владимир Баранич

January 16, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Women in Belarus. Who wears trousers in the Belarusian family?”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • status of the Belarusian woman in the family.
  • a Belarusian woman as Jack of all trades.
  • Women in the conservative chauvinistic culture where Belarusian men tend to ignore the beauty and value of Belarusian women that are around them.
  • Foreigners appreciate the beauty and character of Belarusian women more that Belarusians themselves.
  • the phenomenon of the holiday “March 8” (international women’s day).
  • Is Belarus ready for a woman president?
  • Belarusian women as powerful generators of intangible assets for Belarus (Domracheva, Alexiyevich, Azarenko, Sobolenko) and at the same time – stumbling blocks on the way of reforms.

 

Владимир Баранич

19 december 2019 Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst (www.expat.by) in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Belarusians law abiding people? What "rule of law" looks like in Belarus"

  • over 50% of all Belarusians are law breakers. Out of 16 million law violations 80% are in the area of traffic rules.
  • why Belarusians show little respect to formal law?
  • laws as guidelines and wishes subject to abuse by interpretation;
  • what saves Belarusians from stupid discriminatory laws?
  • the notion of “telephonogramma” (order from a state body given orally to a business or another governmental structure or a budgetary organization)
  • Belarus and the introduction of trial by jury. Will it work?
  • absence of participatory democracy, private property and active civil society in Belarus as the foundation of disrespect to Law.